Sulphur Springs High School won nearly two dozen individual and four team awards at the District 14-4A UIL Academic Meet, and had several students recognized with cast and crew honors at the One-Act Play competition. Of those, a dozen members of the academic UIL team and all four teams qualified to advance to the regional competition.
The meet consisted of two parts. The district UIL ready writing, computer science and Lincoln-Douglas debate contests were held March 22 and all the rest March 23, at Sulphur Springs High School. The district One-Act Play contest was held Tuesday, March 26, at Hallsville High School.
“All students earning first through third place individually or who are members of a first-place team or a wild card team will advance to regional competition on April 19-20, at the University of Texas at Arlington,” noted Gina Wilder, UIL coordinator. “We have a good group of students heading to the regional meet. District competition was very stiff, so I feel those advancing to region will have a good shot of advancing to the state meet.”
All contests except the One-Act Play will be held April 19-20 at UT-Arlington. One-Act Play will be April 11 at Mesquite Horn High School.
In accounting, Justin Mathews placed first, Jarred Cowley third, Evan Meek fourth and Devin Mitchell fifth. They also won first place team. Their sponsor is Jenny Arledge.
In computer science, Shawn Tucker placed first, Karl Sehnert second, Devin Mitchell third and M. Hunter Allen placed fifth individually. The group earned first place team. Their sponsor is Gina Wilder.
In literary criticism, Maddie Millsap placed third, Will Horton fourth and Jessica Boyd third. They, along with McKenzie Hohenberger, placed second as a team and earned the wild card team spot for the regional meet. Their sponsor is Gail Herman
In persuasive speaking, Reilly Hale was fourth. Her sponsor is Todd McCoy.
In poetry interpretation, Reilly Hale placed second and Triston Pullen fifth, while in prose interpretation, Jenni Johnson was first, Jade Ausbrooks fourth and Carson McIllwain sixth. Their sponsor is Dawn Doyle-Jones.
In social studies, Ariel Gonzalez placed second. His sponsor is Beth Grafton.
In spelling and vocabulary, Jackie Tovar Yanez placed second, Ashley Clegg third, Rachel Mattison fourth and Ivon Gonzalez fifth. They won first place team. Their sponsor is Gail Herman.
In One-Act Play competition, Triston Pullen was recognized as best actor, Jenni Johnson and Liam Pollard were named to the All-Star cast, and Wesley Harrison, Jacob Rost and Brandon Bryant were named to the honorable mention All-Star cast. Emily Reynolds received the Tech Award for SSHS. The play advanced to the area competition Thursday.
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